Carlos Cesar Rodriguez

Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Carlos Cesar Rodriguez displayed his musical talents at a very early age. He amazed his parents when, as a toddler barely able to walk, he propelled himself to his neighbor's home to pick out tunes on their piano which he had just heard the neighbor play. There was no piano in his parents' home, and there were no musicians in his family. He was given piano lessons and made his debut with the Maracaibo Symphony at the age of eleven.

That same year, he was accepted at the North Carolina School for the Arts on a full scholarship, subsequently earning his Bachelor of Arts degree. Mr. Rodriguez earned his Master of Musical Arts from the Juliard School, and more recently his D.M.A. at the Universtiy of Maryland. His principal teachers were Joseph Kalichstein, Cliston Matthews, Thomas Schumacher, and Peter Feutchwanger at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

“Reviewing discs like this (BR118) make a critic's task a pleasant and simple one. First of all, the playing is splendid throughout. The Venezuelan pianist Carlos César Rodriguez is a brilliant colorist and obviously knows this music well, whether in the early Classicism of Soler or in the 20th-century folk-inspired music of de Falla.”
Robert D. Cummings, Editor, Classics@Cosmik

“Mr. Rodriguez plays these lovely and evocative pieces with panache and the kind of latin flair that I have not heard since I wore out my old Alicia de Larrocha LPs...This is engaging and memorable music.”
Lindsay Koob (“Lindsay Koob's Pick of the Month”), Millennium Music Stores

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